What are the rules to basic Lightsaber Sparring?

Discussion in 'Lightsaber Sparring / Dueling' started by Shad0w, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. Shad0w

    Shad0w Member

    I have seen some videos but none of them actually explained to me what the rules are exactly. I am a bit confused on that. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. JediBeth

    JediBeth Member

    There are no set rules yet, it basically depends what club you are a part of. We use a circle and you must remain in said circle while sparing or you lose points.
     
  3. Shad0w

    Shad0w Member

    I guess that makes sense but I would imagine there are universal rules like what is considered okay vs not okay.
     
  4. First Rule: Use your head. ;) Meaning, think about what the saber in your hands is representing (a plasma-blade, cutting 360°, etc.) and what it acutally is (a stick of hard plastic) - and then derive rules that simulate the first while taking the second into consideration for safety.

    It doesn't matter at all, how you count hits, if you count at all or if you win by a fixed amount. These things can be mixed and matched, changed and thrown overboard. But the First Rule cannot. ;)
     
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  5. JediBeth

    JediBeth Member

    My one friend said basically the same thing you mentioned here. Being safe should always be a rule even if you are backyard sparring.
     
  6. It's the same as in any martial art. "Training hard" doesn't mean you have to injure yourself our your training-partner. An injury will keep you off training for a time.
    LED-Sabers with their polycarbonate blades can easily break bones - fingers, arms, even heads. Both hands on the handle and you've got yourself a looong lever to hit with.

    First rule of training should therefore be to "learn control". Use a dummy, a pell or a coaching-mitt to be exact with every blow - and practice to stop a blow mid-swing. If you can do this, not only will you be on the path to become a very skillfull fencer, you will also have covered three-quarters of the most common injuries.
    I say this with over 30 years of martial arts in general and over 10 years of fencing with steel under my belt. Should've gotten me some knowledge. ;)
     
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  7. JediBeth

    JediBeth Member

    I actually seen a small kid, maybe 9 or 10 nearly take another kid out sparring. I think you are 100% right with using control.
     
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